Sarah Mumanachit has helped Harvard to a 12-0 start with an undefeated 10-0 mark of her own (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – One home contest remains for the top-ranked Harvard women's squash team, as it prepares to host No. 10 Brown at the Murr Center Feb. 10. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
No. 1 Harvard
The Crimson (12-0, 5-0 Ivy League) has opened the season undefeated overall and in Ivy League action with two matches remaining on the schedule. Harvard has been ranked No. 1 for the entirety of the 2011-12 season by the College Squash Assocation (CSA), as it returned four All-Americans from a year ago.
Harvard has been flawless in the top two positions this season, going 12-0 in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Freshman Amanda Sobhy has held down the top position, charging to a 5-0 record, while junior Laura Gemmell has an identical mark at No. 2.
Freshman Haley Mendez (11-1) leads a trio of Harvard players that have accumulated double-digit wins this season. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has a team-high 11 wins, while Sarah Mumanachit (10-0) and Julianne Chu (10-1) follow with 10.
Last Time Out
The Crimson swept its second consecutive match and ran its season opening win streak to 12 with a 9-0 win over No. 7 Cornell Feb. 5. The Crimson registered the clean sheet with ease, as all nine starts won in less than five games. Harvard ran its all-time record against the Big Red to 18-0, including sweeps in each of the last four seasons.
Ivy League Race
Harvard will have the opportunity for at least a share of the Ivy League title Sunday when it travels to No. 2 Yale, which also remains unbeaten in Ivy League play. If Harvard and Yale each win its matches on Friday evening, the contest in New Haven, Conn., will determine the outright title. Yale matches up with No. 8 Dartmouth Friday. The Ivy League continues to be the most competitive conference in women's squash, as seven of its eight teams are in the top 10 of the CSA rankings.
No. 10 Brown
The Bears have opened the season 9-6, but sit at 1-4 in Ivy League matchups.
Harvard has won all 42 meetings against Brown dating back to the 1974-75 season. The Crimson swept the Bears, 9-0, for the third consecutive time last year and 22nd time in series history.
The Crimson visit New Haven, Conn., Feb. 12 for a battle between the two top-ranked teams in the CSA, as No. 1 Harvard takes on No. 2 Yale at 1 p.m.